plex-control

Controlling Plex clients through the Plex Media Server HTTP API

plex-control

Node module used to control Plex clients. Utilises the Plex Media Server HTTP API/Control.

PlexControl(serverIp, clientNameOrIp[, options])

var PlexControl = require("plex-control").PlexControl;
 
// having Plex Media Server on 192.168.0.1 
// and client wanting to control with hostname "mac-mini" 
var control = new PlexControl("192.168.0.1", "mac-mini");
 
// ..or assigning client by IP address 
control = new PlexControl("192.168.0.1", "192.168.0.2");

If options are provided they are given to the underlying plex-api upon instantiation.

Promise based

Each command returns a promise which gets resolved when command was delivered successfully by the Plex API or rejected when any error occured.

control.navigation.moveUp().then(function(){
    // moveUp was successfully communicated to Plex 
}, function(err){
    console.err('Error while communicating with HTTP API', err);
});

The commands are pretty much self describing and identical to what the HTTP API offers.

Navigation

control.navigation.moveUp();
control.navigation.moveDown();
control.navigation.moveLeft();
control.navigation.moveRight();
control.navigation.pageUp();
control.navigation.pageDown();
control.navigation.nextLetter();
control.navigation.previousLetter();
control.navigation.select();
control.navigation.back();
control.navigation.contextMenu();
control.navigation.toggleOSD();

Playback

control.playback.play();
control.playback.pause();
control.playback.stop();
control.playback.rewind();
control.playback.fastForward();
control.playback.stepForward();
control.playback.bigStepForward();
control.playback.stepBack();
control.playback.bigStepBack();
control.playback.skipNext();
control.playback.skipPrevious();

Currently

What's currently happing on the client?

control.currently.playing();
control.currently.paused();

It resolves to an object representing what's currently playing/paused. The object has lots of details about the given media. Hints of what's available in these gigantic detailed media representations can be found on the XML example on the StatusSessions page in the unofficial Plex API documentation.

control.currently.playing().then(function(result){
    if (!result) {
        console.log("Nothing is currently playing");
    } else {
        console.log("Currently playing a %s titled: %s",
            result.attributes.type,
            result.attributes.title);
    }
});
 

getClientInfo(name | IP)

Returns a promise containing the info about the client matched by either the name or IP-address provided. Rejects with a NotFoundError if client was not found.

  • Upgraded the plex-api dependency from v0.x -> v3.0.0 by @phillipj
  • getClientInfo() might reject with NotFoundError by @phillipj

control.api which holds a reference to the underlying plex-api instance, has gotten a major upgrade. Read more especially about the XML -> JSON changes done in plex-api between v1.0 and v2.0.

getClientInfo() rejects with a NotFoundError instead of resolving to an undefined value. To check whether or not the error is a NotFoundError you could check err.name === 'NotFound' or compare the error instance against the exposed NotFoundError constructor from this module (require('plex-control').NotFoundError).

  • Added the .currently commands
  • Major bumped when.js from v2 to v3
  • Changed control.on("resolved") to provide the whole plex client object found by hostname or IP, rather than just the IP-address
  • Converted all methods to be promise based, rather than callbacks

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Copyright (c) 2013-2014 Phillip Johnsen <phillip@lightweight.no>

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